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the extreme heat spreads east, with the hottest temperatures still to come. at least 22 people have died from the heat recently. right now, 34 states and the district are under heat advisories and warnings. that means nearly 141 million americans are affected. this is all because of a heat dome caused by huge area of high pressure that's compressing hot, moist air beneath it. that dome is moving from the central u.s. to the east right now. and despite the expected rise in demand for power utility companies in our area, they say they're ready to handle the heat. both pepco and bge are asking customers to help out, though. they say you should keep your curtains and blinds closed and set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher if possible. and they suggest waiting to use major appliances like ovens until later in the evening when temperatures drop. >> to cook. >> i mean, really. >> yesterday i had my oven on and the whole house was steamy. it was terrible. >> do the microwave. >> were you baking?
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>> i was cooking lasagna. >> did you bring some? >> it was eaten by the family! >> thanks for leaving us out. >> okay, first thing this morning, it is hot already. >> right. >> i mean, already. >> the heat index is at 89 degrees right now. know that there are some spots just south of us where it feels like it's 90. yes, it's been hot. it's been hot. it's been hot all week. and now it's going to be very hot. for the end of the work week. in fact we are going to see some of the highest temperatures here than anywhere else in the nation. 82 is the current temperature. take a look at the dewpoint at 76 degrees. that's what's doing it to us. and will for the next two days. very high heat, and extreme humidity, too, around the area. so 89 the current heat index. look at the temperatures throughout the area. we're in the upper 70s to right around the low 80s. and the heat index, 83. feeling like in leesburg, feels like 98 89 here and 83 in
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fredericksburg. a few high clouds. i don't think we're going to see any thunderstorms today. your day planner forecast, going up to a high temperature, remember yesterday? yesterday was just 95. today, 100 degrees. the actual air temperature. so, again, that extreme heat warning up for today, as we are going to be feeling like it's between 105 and about 111 degrees. >> 111? >> the heat index. >> that hurts, veronica. >> i know, it does. >> it's ugly. >> thank you, veronica. this morning, part of georgia avenue is still closed from a massive water main break. water crews are trying to fix a 16-inch main that broke yesterday morning. 4 million gallons of water spilled into the street and damaged nearby homes. let's go to danella sealock with a look at the traffic impact. danella, good morning to you. >> good morning. we're still being affected this morning because of the water main break. travel on georgia avenue, northbound lanes you're good. southbound georgia avenue is still shut down between randolph
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road and arcola. again avoid it. if you are able to take connecticut avenue, i hear that they're going to be working all morning and possibly throughout the morning rush. so that is going to affect your commute this morning. but so far elsewhere in our area looking pretty good. starting out in the beltway. this is the beltway in maryland at connecticut avenue. inner loop and outer loop is clear, so shoot down to virginia. this is at robinson terminal. i see no problems on the beltway there, as well. and d.c., your local roadways are looking excellent this morning. this 7th and 8th street. so far local roadways have no accidents to report at this time. back to you, eun and aaron. >> thank you, danella. 4:33 right now. a fire at the watergate complex displaced one family. this happened last night on the 10th floor of the watergate east building adjacent to the kennedy center in northwest washington. officials say firefighters contained that fire to the apartment of origin, but the smoke was the bigger problem there. three people were taken to the hospital, with smoke inhalation. one firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion. everybody is expected to be okay.
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a bipartisan plan to raise the debt limit is gaining momentum on capitol hill. the deficit deal proposed by the so-called gang of six includes spending cuts and tax hikes. but can it win majority support? nbc's brian mooar joins us live from capitol hill. >> good morning, eun. to get what he wants it looks like president obama is going to have to give a little. after insisting there will be no short-term deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling, the white house is softening its hard line if that's what it takes to get a deal. >> obviously if both sides agree to something significant we will support the measures needed to finalize the details of that. >> reporter: a plan is in the works to raise the government's credit line before the august 2nd deadline. but there is barely any time to get the legislation ready for a vote. >> we have produced a plan, which is now being carefully scrutinized, and will be worked on, i am sure, for a long time to come, but it moves us in the direction of $4 trillion in deficit reduction. >> reporter: the so-called gang
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of six is providing what may be the movement for a wig deal to raise the nation's spending limit while cutting spending. but there's still plenty of selling to do. >> it doesn't have the stamp now of the committees on the house and senate side. and that is going to be essential. >> reporter: house republicans, especially the tea party members, remain the biggest question mark. >> they've asked for things that are comprehensive. this is a comprehensive approach. >> reporter: negotiating down to the wire, with uncle sam's credit on the line. well, the white house says the president will sign off on a short-term extension. they do mean short-term. they're talking about a matter of days. eun? >> brian mooar on capitol hill this morning for us. brian, thanks so much. virginia governor bob mcdonnell is taking attacks from fellow republicans for his support of a bipartisan compromise. mcdonnell advocated spending cuts, not new taxes, but said this week both democrats and republicans will have to give a little. claudia tucker and tim munoz are both running in virginia's gop
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state senate primary. the two released statements saying the governor should not be willing to accept tax increases. the unsettled debt debate could leave the federal aviation administration to partially shut down tomorrow. house republicans and senate democrats can't agree on a bill to extend the faa's operating authority past friday midnight. the government may have to furlough some 4,000 workers and put construction projects on hold. the stalemate would not only affect flight safety -- or rather it would not affect flight safety or air traffic controllers. those positions are considered essential. today we'll learn details about a deal to save at least part of prince george's hospital center. maryland governor martin o'malley and other state officials will announce the new partnership between dominion health care and the university of maryland medical system. it is expected to include a new state-of-the-art medical facility in prince george's county that could also serve near by calvert and charles counties. tens of thousands of people expected to head to manassas to
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commemorate the first major land battle of the civil war. this morning officials will mark the 150th anniversary of the battle at bull run with a special ceremony. that ceremony is the national man atous battlefield's henry hill visitors center starts at 9:00 a.m. today's event is the first of many this weekend. for the next four days there will be guided tours, living history demonstrations, special lectures and a concert by the marine corps band. the main event, the re-enactment of the famous battle, could draw more than 100,000 spectators saturday and sunday. in an effort to keep traffic moving, a shuttle system will be in place to help get visitors to each event. if you're planning on attending any civil war event this weekend, you'll have to park at the prince william fairgrounds along dumfries road. the shuttle service will drop visitors off at all major historic sites. there is a $20 shuttle fee. >> you think about how relatively small manassas is. this is going to be huge. >> oh, yeah. there's going to be a lot of traffic. it will be good for business. >> that's true. >> 4:37 is your time now. what makes the sleep number store different?
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which in turn overloaded the city's sewer system. eventually the water shot out of the ground like a geyser. unfortunately it happened with a car right above it. the ford focus was lifted into the air multiple times, as you can see, and caused severe damage to the car. no way you're getting out of that without some damage to the car. >> but the undercarriage is spotless now. >> clean. yikes. >> all right. >> bad place to park for sure. >> 4:41 is your time right now. veronica johnson is keeping an eye -- you know, the fact that this picture is dark is probably a good thing. you can't see all the haze and the gunk that's in the air right now. >> i can certainly feel it though, that's for sure. >> yeah, that's true. and it's very humid out there already. and temperatures are pretty warm. running about five degrees higher than yesterday at this same time. at 82 degrees right now. we're talking about the fact that it's been hot. but now the worst of it. the worst of the heat, arriving today. and sticking around for a couple of days.
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we're at 82 degrees now. take a look at the bottom of your screen. that heat index, that's the feel-like factor with so much humidity in the air it feels like it's 89 degrees. all right. take a look at the heat indices throughout the remainder of the area here. anacostia, 89, too. laurel feeling like 79 and 83 over in springfield, virginia. going up to a high today, folks of 100 degrees with the heat index around 110. danella? >> good morning. affecting our commute this morning, same as yesterday. this water main break. georgia avenue now southbound shut down between randolph road and ar cola. avoid it if you can. i definitely think connecticut avenue is the best way to go for you. northbound lanes of georgia avenue are unaffected and they're open for you. and else where in our neighborhood. we're looking pretty pretty good, this is 270 and 109. 270 southbound i am seeing a lot of commuters already this morning. but so far you're traveling at a good speed. no delays for you as you're making your way around. d.c., as well, this ask new york
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avenue, and florida. d.c., i don't see any incidents for you as you're making your commute this morning. so far, and 395, this is at edsall road. 395 in both directions clear from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. back to you aaron and eun. >> it is now 4:43. 81 degrees out there. ♪
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welcome back at 4:45. the nfl lockout may finally end today. the players could vote on a new collective bargaining agreement this morning. the team owners are meeting in atlanta and could also vote on the deal. both sides have been working through the night to finalize an agreement. the players say they're confident a deal will get done but they say they won't rush to make decisions.
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>> whether it's today or tomorrow or whatever it may be, we want to play football. we want to go back to work. but we're not going to agree to any deal unless it's the right deal for all the players. >> if a deal is reached today some training camps would open as early as this weekend. the next time tieg woods hits the links we'll do so without his longtime caddie. woods parted ways with his caddie of twelve years, steve williams, yesterday. in a statement the all-star golfer said, quote, i want to express my deepest gratitude for stevie, but i think it's time for a change. williams helped tiger win 13 of his 14 major championships. because woods has struggled with injuries recently, williams has been caddieing for australian golfer adam scott. this morning, news corp. ceo rupert murdoch is waking up in the u.s. after testifying before a parliamentary hearing on the phone hacking scandal. he controls the media empire that includes fox news, as well as the now defunct newspaper accused of illegal hacking, the "news of the world." the company now faces an fbi
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investigation of its two shareholder lawsuits here in the u.s., and a possible standard & poor's credit downgrade. three students likely drowned after being swept into a water fall in yosemite national park. they were part of a church group visiting the park. they were trying to take a picture when one decided to dip their foot in the water at the top of the falls and was swept away. the others tried to help but were also swept away. officials say their bodies may not be found until the water recedes later this year. d.c. police are calling the shooting death of a transgender person a possible hate crime. a 23-year-old was found shot to death in northeast. you first saw this as breaking news yesterday morning. witnesses say they heard shouting before the shooting. no arrests have been made but police say they are looking for two male suspects. and police have issued an arrest warrant for the son of a murder victim in fairfax county, virginia. 75-year-old gary hanson was found shot to death tuesday night inside his own home on chancellor way in springfield.
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investigators are now looking for his son richard. richard hanson is 53 years old. he's 6'1", and weighs about 250 pounds. he's believed to be driving a green four door 1998 saturn with virginia plates reading "klg 2406." this morning a controversy is brewing over a new business looking to open in a popular fairfax county neighborhood. some residents are calling it a sex shop and say they don't want it anymore near their homes. the store plans to hope in reston, virginia. news four's darcy spencer has more. >> a couple days ago residents noticed maria's passion paradise had begun to set up shop here. they immediately began an effort to prevent that shop from opening. this is lake ann plaza in reston where you can live in a condo, relax along the water, shop in dozens of retail establishment, or on a hot day today like today, splash in the fountain. some residents say this new shop with the furry lingerie hanging inside doesn't exactly fit.
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>> i didn't know anything about it, but i wouldn't want something like that. you know, there's always little kids like running around in the fountain and all that. so i don't think that would be a good thing to have right in the middle of lake ann shopping center. >> many of the merchants, as well as the condo association is fighting the plan to open maria's passion paradise in this small space. sandwiched between a martial arts studio and a hair and nail salon. some are calling it a sex shop. >> it's not a typical lake ann type of shop. and i think that's what got a lot of people confused or upset. and maybe they just don't really know what all is really going in there. >> reporter: rick thomason head of the condo association. he says the owner of the commercial space has indicated that maria's passion paradise will not open. but the shop has already begun to take shape, with nighties and negligees on hangers you can see in the window. >> just that we don't think it's a suitable merchandise for, you know, our setting here. >> reporter: over the last couple of years there's been an effort to rebrand the aging
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plaza. to make it more family friendly, to attract more business. but some are concerned this type of adult-themed business could set back the progress that's been made. >> i suspect they won't be there long. >> reporter: it's unclear if or when maria's passion paradise would open here. the owner of the business could not be reached for comment. in reston, darcy spencer, news 4. it was a landmark in music history. february 11th, 1964, the beatles played their first u.s. concert right here in d.c. at the washington coliseum. now, never before seen pictures of that concert have melted one local -- have netted one local man big bucks. mike mitchell sold 50 photos of the fab four at christy's auction house last night for more than $360,000. mitchell was just 18 when he took the pictures. he said the day he noticed most while snapping shots of the beatles was their joy and enthusiasm to be playing. wow. >> we are tracking the shuttle
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"atlantis" this morning. it's approaching earth and is expected to land at 5:56 this morning. they began the final descent for the shuttle just about a minute ago. you're looking at live pictures inside mission control in houston right now. this will be the end of the shuttle program when "atlantis" suches down. you can stay with us throughout the morning, and be sure to tune in right around 5:56 when we will bring you that final landing live. >> actually it's the last time we're going to see a shuttle land. >> it's weird. like i can't think of a time when there wasn't a shuttle landing. >> who knows what the future holds. >> exactly. >> 4:51. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. veronica, i don't know, we're just shaking our heads. >> looking for air. >> looking for air, trying to breathe. that's the -- really the story for today, the fact that the air is going to be so thick it's going to be kind of stifling. little wind around the area. so suffocating type air with a very high heat.
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82 degrees. well, i'm not excited about it. 76 the dewpoint temperature. humidity at 82%. wind out of the south southwest at 6 miles per hour. it's going to be lighter later this afternoon. but at 82, feels like we're already at 89 degrees. the radar, it's quiet. sure could use some rain. we only had some isolated storms around the area yesterday. current temperatures from 82 here to 79 in leesburg. loudoun county, montgomery county at 77 degrees. pax river at 78 and 79 in fredericksburg, maryland. with the heat index, again, that's already into the low and even upper 80s around the area. but look at the heat index in other parts of the country. 82 in little rock. 89, chicago. we have some of the highest temperatures in the eastern half of the nation right now. some of the highest temperatures, because that big bubble of heat now has arrived here. at least the highest temperatures out of that bubble. today, up to 100 degrees here. 1 mund in culpepper.
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101 in fredericksburg, virginia. because of that, the hue humidity, it will feel like we're up around 108 to about 111 degrees later today. so, your good night forecast, pretty warm and even humid during the overnight period from 89 at 9:00 p.m., by around midnight 78 degrees and into the low 80s to start your day tomorrow. it's going to feel a lot like today, tomorrow, and in fact for the next three days coming up. so record high temperatures expected. 97 to 101. your evening forecast, oh, it's going to be uncomfortable. dropping from 96 to 90 degrees, again with that light wind. here's a look at your four-day forecast. chance for some rain late saturday as we hit a high of 101 and 100 degrees expected on sunday with a 40% chance of rain during the afternoon. so the next couple of days here we could see record high temperatures around the area. including, i think, on monday where that record is at 96, cooling down most of next week. danella?
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>> good morning. well in montgomery county we still have a problem because of yesterday's water main break. georgia avenue still has those southbound lanes shut down between arcola and randolph road. however, northbound lanes are now reopened. so, a little bit of good news for your commute this morning. also good news our area is looking great. checking the roadways and i don't see any incidents that will affect your commute so far. starting out to be a good thursday as we take a look at the beltway in maryland. this is 7 locks, inner loop and outer loop. you guys are moving right along. i-66 in both directions, inside and outside of the beltway, a look at fairfax county parkway, it's clear for you, as well, traveling i-66. d.c., this is south cap. so far d.c. local roadways are good. i checked 295 as well as route 50 and you are clear. eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks so much. the day ahead, first lady michelle obama will join military families for a special screening of "harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2." it's happening at the oceana naval air station in virginia
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beach and the first lady will also tour the youth programs summer camp there. that's fun. >> should be a good time. >> as long as they're indoors. >> exactly. coming up on 4:55.
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final journey "atlantis" is now minutes from touching down and putting an end to the shuttle program. and history coming alive. a 150-year-old battle will play out this weekend in virginia with one difference, the traffic. before that, though, let's talk about reagan national airport. they've got a new type of full body scan, instead of a detailed scan it only shows a generic bodily outline and highlights objects for agents to see. if there are no questionable items the passenger sees a green box that says okay and they're free to go. there were calls for changes to the scanning process with some calling it an invasion of privacy. 4:58 now. when metro finally reaches dulles trains will arrive at the airport above ground. the airport's authority made an about-face yesterday, voted to build an above-ground station at
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dulles. that reverses an earlier decision to build the station underground. the above-ground station will help save about half a billion dollars on the dulles rail project. but not all airport authority board members were happy with l. >> i will be embarrassed that the international gateway airport for the capital of my country has a slipshod station like this. this is an embarrassment and it is an outrage. i'm sorry to say that. >> virginia will now have to put up an additional $150 million for this project. fairfax and loudoun counties will also have to pay for parking grudges. the royal couple is apparently making their new home their own by changing the smell. the duke and duchess of cambridge are temporarily living in a two-bedroom cottage at kensington palace. sources say kate felt the palace had an overriding musty smell so she ordered a six-month supply of her favorite air fresheners and candles b

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